Gering in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Way West
After leaving Scotts Bluﬀ, wagon trains headed toward the mountains
Only a few of the pioneers who reached Scotts Bluff scaled the cliffs to witness this aerial view of the country ahead. The wagons had to keep rolling to reach Oregon or California before cold weather set in.
Ft. Mitchell, the next stop on the trail, was visible from this point. Laramie Peak also came into view here and remained the dominant landmark for several days. On clear days you can see it 90 miles (150 km) to the northwest.
Beyond Scotts Bluff, the pioneers faced the Rocky Mountains and continued hardships. Wagons broke down. Food supplies diminished. Cattle and horses gave out. Many emigrants died along the way. But thousands reached their destinations, helping to insure that the Western territories would eventually become part of the United States.
June 11, 1852
West of Scotts Bluff
“We are in sight of Laramie Peak now, though it will be several days before we are opposite it. We have driven fast today and passed a great many ox teams, though the dust is so heavy that it almost blinded us. Distance traveled thirty miles.”
June 11, 1846
“After the gorge is passed, we find Fort Mitchell. This is a sub-post of Fort Laramie of peculiar style and compactness. The walls of the quarters are also the outlines of the fort itself,
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 41° 50.397′ N, 103° 41.942′ W. Marker is in Gering, Nebraska, in Scotts Bluff County. Marker can be reached from Old Oregon Trail, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located in Scotts Bluff National Monument, along the North Overlook Trail at the summit of the bluff. Marker is in this post office area: Gering NE 69341, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The River Route (here, next to this marker); Scott Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eroding Landmark (about 700 feet away); Saddle Rock Trail (about 800 feet away); Remnant Highlands (approx. 0.3 miles away); Scotts Bluff (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pony Express (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Overland Experience (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gering.
More about this marker. A William Henry Jackson
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